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1. Title:   Follett-DeValska Family Questionnaire Responses (1992-1993)
2. Title:   Social Security Death Index

a. Note:   N12 Minerva graduated from Central High School in St. Paul in 1936. She worked as a key punch operator at First National Bank in St. Paul for about 6 years (1936 - 1943) prior to her marriage to Art Crossley in January 1943.
  Aunt Minerva enjoys needlework and crewel as hobbies. She also has enjoyed walking and reading. She has had fairly severe diabetes for most of her adult life and had to take insulin by injection.
  Here is a bio I prepared in the 1990s after doing some research with Art & Minerva:
  Minerva DeValska was born on February 5, 1918 in St. Paul, Minnesota to Louis and Lucille DeValska. She had one sister, Virginia, who was almost three at the time. The family lived at 282 Hamline in St. Paul. Minerva attended Central High School in St. Paul, graduating in 1936.
  Regarding her growing-up years, Minerva has many good things to say about her family and her older sister. Her father Louis enjoyed gardening and taking care of the house and grounds. Her mother Lucille was a loving and caring wife and mother, who also enjoyed embroidery, shopping and playing cards. Her sister Virginia was good to Minerva and would include Minerva on her outings with friends. She even bought Minerva a pair of hiking boots so she could go on hikes with them. In exchange, Minerva would help Virginia by washing out her nylon stockings while Virginia worked. Minerva says her dreams while growing up were to (1) have a convertible car (but she never got one because she didn't want to spend the money), (2) have a good job, and (3) get married and live happily ever after, which she did.
  As to fun family outings, she recalls going to Shell Lake, Wisconsin to visit her Aunt Elizabeth and her cousins. She says Aunt Elizabeth was a good cook and would take the kids all over. The girls would walk alot with their cousins Mal and Gordon, Jr. and would ride horses or bikes and had alot of fun together. Her cousin Albert was older and thought they were all just a bunch of kids. The family also went on visits to Chicago to see Aunt Anna and Uncle Don Kirk (who also visited Art & Minerva when they lived in Vermont). Also in Chicago they would see Aunt Lorraine and Uncle Carl DeMay and their children Jim and Helen Claire DeMay. Aunt Lorraine used to curl Virginia and Minerva's hair and was very religious. She also recalls a trip to Rhinelander, Wisconsin where she met Mary DeValska Turcotte (Louis' sister), and her family. She recalls having a good time with Mary and Ross Turcotte's daughter Evangelina ("Vangie.") She recalls that she, Virgie and Vangie went to a store and got the "most delicious ice cream treat" that she ever had in her life. The girls also had alot of fun playing in an old camper (or something like a camper) and she says that Vangie looked alot like herself at that time. [It may have been on this same trip that Mom recalls meeting her grandfather Jacob who was remarried to a woman named Sophie and they had a young child and were living in Ashland, Wisc.] As to other family, she says they saw more of Mary and Herb Germaine because they lived in St. Paul for many years. She says her Aunt Mary was a lovely person and seemed to be alot like her own mom personality-wise. The girls also enjoyed their Uncle Ed Kisserow, who would occasionally visit because he drove truck from Montana and would stop by.
  Minerva married a neighborhood boy, Arthur Crossley. He says he never much noticed her until one day when she showed up wearing a classy fur coat and then all of a sudden he realized what a gorgeous dame she was! A tribute to the value of quality clothing! They were married on January 30, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida at the Chapel of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station by a Naval Chaplain, Father O'Brien. Their attendants were Ed and Alice Burke. John Goodman was the best man and also gave Minerva away. The ceremony was attended by about 75 of Art's classmates or per Minerva - "sailors." Minerva says she and Alice were the only women at the wedding. She wore a long white wedding dress with a veil and on the way to the altar they kept getting caught on the edges of the pews and Johnny would have to help release the catches so she could get to the altar. The wedding dinner was held at the Mayflower Hotel in Jacksonville.
  At the time, Art was a petty officer 2nd class and worked as a mechanic on Navy airplanes. He had entered the service on Apr. 30, 1942 and was later discharged on Oct. 21, 1945. As an aviation mechanic he had served in the Great Lakes, Santa Anna and San Diego in California, and in Hawaii at Keneo Bay Naval Air Station. Art & Minerva lived together from 1943 to 1944 in Long Beach and San Diego, California. But during the War, Minerva returned to St. Paul to live with her Mom and Dad after becoming pregnant. She worked as a key punch operator at the First National Bank in St. Paul for a few months, but otherwise didn't work after her marriage. She had her first child Tom Crossley in St. Paul while waiting for Art to get out of the service. Her sister Virginia was also home then, and they loved and enjoyed the new baby.
  After Art came home, they lived in Minnesota for awhile where Art started working in the lumber business. During this time, both her parents passed away, Louis in May 1948 and Lucille in September 1948. She met her Uncle Victor DeValska when he came to Louis' funeral and says he seemed like a real nice person and that she wished she could have known him better. She met her Uncle John Kisserow at her mother's funeral, and though he seemed to be a good guy they knew him the least of all of her mom's relatives.
  Art and Minerva's second child, Judy Crossley, was born on October 2, 1949 in St. Paul. When Judy was 9 months old, the family moved to Connecticut, where Art continued to work in the lumber business. For a time they also lived in Vermont, and one summer when I went out to visit Art & Minerva they took me to see the town and the house where they used to live. A beautiful but secluded spot.
  Art and Minerva have lived at 70 Ridgewood Road in Wallingford, Connecticut for many years. Tom and Judy both graduated from Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. Tommy also attended Hartford Technical School and Judy attended the Hartford Academy of Hairdressing. Judy was married to Bill Fekete on May 24, 1969 at Church of the Resurrection in Wallingford. Their wedding dinner was at the Holiday Inn in Meriden, CT. and their honeymoon was in Niagara Falls, Canada. Judy and Bill have two daughters, Dana and Jackie. To date, Tom remains a bachelor and lives in the Los Angeles area where he has been involved in automotive design and car racing.
  Art continues to work at the Country Lumber Co. in Cheshire, CT. about 3 or 4 days a week. His hobbies include stained glass (does absolutely beautiful work!), photography and gardening. Minerva enjoys crewell and has done some very intricate and beautiful pieces. Her other hobbies include walking, movies, playing pinochle and reading.
  On the medical side of things, Minerva has had problems with diabetes for much of her life, and is dependent on insulin. I'm not sure if anyone else in the family has had a similiar problem, but she continues to do very well in spite of it.
  Minerva's personality is one that is very warm, but at the same time humorous, and she is always coming up with a good joke or wisecrack. She and Art are very fun, amiable people to spend time with, and have made many a visit to Fargo, where both are subjected to Mom and Dad's well-intended needling about their smoking habits. Art and Minerva have also served as splendid hosts when I have been out East either for vacation or for business; they really showed me the town when I was in Boston in 1988. They drove up from Connecticut and we had a fantastic seafood dinner and an evening cruise on Boston Harbor. More recently they both came out to help celebrate Mom and Dad's 50th Wedding Anniversary in May 1991. _______________________
  1930 U.S. Census:
  Name: Minerva Devalska Event Type: Census Event Year: 1930 Event Place: St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States District: 0058 Gender: Female Age: 12 Marital Status: Single Race: White Race (Original): White Relationship to Head of Household: Daughter Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Daughter Birth Year (Estimated): 1918 Birthplace: Minnesota Immigration Year: Father's Birthplace: Minnesota Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin Sheet Number and Letter: 1B Household ID: 16 Line Number: 65 Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Affiliate Publication Number: T626 Affiliate Film Number: 1117 GS Film number: 2340852 Digital Folder Number: 004610071 Image Number: 00401
  Household Role Gender Age Birthplace Lewis Devalska Head M 42 Minnesota Lucille Devalska Wife F 41 Minnesota Virginia Devalska Daughter F 14 Minnesota Minerva Devalska Daughter F 12 Minnesota
  Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 11 October 2015), Minerva Devalska in household of Lewis Devalska, St Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 0058, sheet 1B, family 16, line 65, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 1117; FHL microfilm 2,340,852. __________________ - U.S. Public Records, 1970-2009:
  Name: Minerua Crossley Also Known As: Minvera A Crossley 2nd Also Known As Name: Minerva Ann Crossley Residence Date: 01 Jul 1993-25 Mar 2008 Residence Place: Wallingford, Connecticut, United States Birth Date: 05 Feb 1918 Phone Number: (203) 269-9414 Phone Number Recorded Date: 25 Mar 2008 Address: 70 Ridgewood Rd Address Continued: Wallingford, Connecticut 06492 Address Date: 01 Jul 1993-25 Mar 2008
  Possible Relatives: Arthur L Mrs Crossley, Thomas L Crossley Record Number: 35177445
  Citing this Record: "United States Public Records, 1970-2009," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Aug 2014), Minerua Crossley, Residence, Wallingford, Connecticut, United States; from a third party aggregator of publicly available information. _______________________
  U.S. SSDI info from
  Given Name: Minerva Middle Name: A Surname: Crossley Name Suffix: Birth Date: 5 February 1918 Social Security Number: 477-01-7632 State: Minnesota Last Place of Residence: New Haven, Connecticut Previous Residence Postal Code: 06492 Event Date (Death Date): 1 February 2004 Age: 86
  Citing this Record: "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 19 Aug 2014), Minerva A Crossley, 01 Feb 2004; citing U.S. Social Security Administration, Death Master File, database (Alexandria, Virginia: National Technical Information Service, ongoing). is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.